Hybrid User Forum - An Innovative Approach in RTD

The Hybrid Commercial Vehicle (HCV) project works on advanced hybrid electric powertrains for urban buses and trucks. European funded Research and Technical Development (RTD) needs to dynamically react to upcoming market demands. Therefore, HCV has established a Hybrid User Forum – bringing together potential users of heavy duty vehicles with hybrid propulsion. The Hybrid User Forum is an independent part of the project – with a neutral organisation and moderation outside the formal project consortium. As the user group for buses have specific conditions for operation (usually under public control), there is a section of the Hybrid User Forum specific to buses. In parallel, the truck section gathers both operators and some public agencies (e.g. from waste collection). One task of the Hybrid User Forum is the analysis of market obstacles. Expectations and – where it exists – practical experience can be compared to the expected outcomes of the HCV project through a series of questionnaires. The needs in terms of vehicle size and performance (e.g. for special operational conditions) can be analysed and also compared with the expected outcomes of the HCV project and in particular with the demonstrators. Both the bus and truck sections have an annual workshop including demonstrations and extensive exchange between users and potential users of hybrid commercial vehicles and HCV representatives. Users can highlight their experience and expectations on technical issues as well as political issues such as policy on climate protection efforts of the authorities. The Hybrid User Forum is very innovative for European RTD projects, stressing the needs for extensive communication, for dynamic market observation and for transparency in the European research arena.


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  • Accession Number: 01488316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 9 2013 9:14AM